Cinco de Drinko

¡Odelay! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, so you'd better dust off your sombrero and bust out your rusty knowledge of Spanglish, because there are plenty of phat fetes going down in P-town from Wednesday, May 3, through Sunday, May 7.

Wanna celebrate Latino culture? You're in the right place, wey, as hundreds of eateries and cantinas from Avondale to Apache Junction will be dropping the Hispanic hotness, giving you the chance to bash piñatas with a bat, dance to rockin' reggaeton beats, or load up on tequila and more Mexican beers than you can shake a lime at. We've pulled together listings of the biggest and the best so you won't wind up wasting away again in Margaritaville. ¿Donde esta la fiesta caliente? We got 'em right here, cabrón.

You could be the winner of a pair of tickets to the Sammy Hagar concert on June 4 at Cricket Pavilion, a case of Corona, and six Harkins Theatres movie passes! To win, just count the number of Corona Light bottles that appear throughout the print version of this Cinco de Mayo Guide, and enter your guess online at: Winners must be 21 or older. The winner will be selected at random and notified by phone by Monday, May 8, 2006.


Special Events:

The Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
Argentine tango lessons and open dancing hosted by instructors Ravi and Satya. 7:30 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover. Call 602-256-6006.

Bars & Clubs:

Mr. Lucky's
3660 Grand Ave.
Chingo de Mayo with Latino superstar Chingo Bling performing hip-hop and reggaeton with supporting acts Zig-Zag, the Mob Family, and R.L. 9 p.m. $20. Call 602-246-0686.


Bars & Clubs:

La Perla Cafe
5912 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
Pre-Cinco de Mayo party with cumbia artist DJ Kane (formerly of Los Kumbia Kings) performing at 10 p.m. and DJ Big Latin spinning Latin hip-hop and reggaeton throughout the evening. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. $25 cover. Call 623-939-7561.

Margarita Rocks Beach Club
410 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Maxim Exposure Party with the preliminaries of a $3,000 bikini contest, 50-cent drinks until 11 p.m., $3 Sauza margaritas, $1 tacos, 10-cent wings, and $1 Budweisers and Bud Lights until midnight (and $2 thereafter). 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover after 9 p.m. Call 480-968-3301.

Mythos Mediterranean Bistro
2515 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Salsa night with beginner and intermediate dance lessons at 9 p.m. and live music from Havana Che and Latin Lady DJ Margarita at 10 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. $7 cover. Call 480-947-6896.

Next Lounge & Nightclub
7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
DJs Mikey Mike, Big Latin, and Richie Rich work the wheels of steel with $4 tequila drinks and $2 Coronas all night long. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $7 cover (with ladies free until midnight). Call 480-970-6398.

SixShooters Sports Grill
7611 W. Thomas Rd.
Get a jump on the holiday with Club 95.1's pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring drink specials and DJs Uniq and Shy spinning reggaeton, salsa, merengue, and cumbia. 9 p.m. $10 cover. Call 623-247-8540.


Special Events:

Epiphany Lutheran Church
800 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
Cinco de Mayo family with food, live music, salsa challenge, piñatas, games, and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 admission. Call 480-963-6105.

Glendale Arena
9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale
Cowboy up at a concert by country music sensation Brad Paisley, with opening acts Sara Evans and Josh Turner. $39.50 admission. Call 480-784-4444 or see

Glendale Gaslight Inn
5747 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale
Live jazz from Delphine Cortez, Joel Robin, and others. 8 to 11 p.m. $5 cover. Call 602-505-1399.

Marquee Theatre
730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe
Authority Zero performs a special Cinco de Mayo concert with Vayden, Pour Habit, and The Heartless as supporting acts. 6:30 p.m. $15. Call 480-829-0707 or see

Peoria Sports Complex
16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
Arizona Cinco de Mayo Fiesta with food, drinks, games, a carnival, vendors, and live entertainment from Fiesta Mexican Ballet Folklorico, the Rastafarmers, the Str8up Band, and the Zapp Band. 3 to 11 p.m. $4. Call 623-878-4337 or see

Scottsdale Center for the Arts
7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
The Virginia G. Piper Theater hosts nuevo flamenco guitar Jesse Cook, whose diverse musical style fuses Latin, jazz, and world sounds. 8 p.m. $38 admission. Call 480-994-2787.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.